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What if ‘politically motivated’?

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The favourite defense of politicians to charges against them is that they are “politically motivated.” And therefore not to be given credence. Correction: The favorite defense of politicians to charges against them, especially when they cannot answer the charges, is that they are politically motivated, and therefore not to be believed.

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gov’t employees no longer the downtrodden

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When we discuss the face of Philippine poverty in my classes, no one is really surprised at this characterization: A poor Filipino household will more than likely be living in a rural area, is engaged in farming or fishing, with a larger than average family size, and headed by one who is self-employed or an own-account worker, with schooling that at best did not go beyond the sixth grade. This is the picture that is drawn by the results of the triennial Family Income and Expenditures Surveys (FIES) conducted by the National Census and Statistics Office.

Posted: August 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Saying it in his favor

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We now know the answer to the question posed in last week’s column: “Will he or won’t he?” He didn’t. The question was whether President Aquino would use the information provided by the National Statistical Coordination Board’s StatDev 2013 as relevant inputs to his State of the Nation Address. And what is the StatDev 2013? It puts in one [...]

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Transparency and accountability

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We’re going to hear the President’s State of the Nation Address on Monday, and every Juan, Maria and Jose are gearing to give their two cents’ worth of opinion on every single thing he will say. Which is good. Everyone is involved.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

SC’s DAP decision and PH’s budget process

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The Philippine Human Development Report 2008-2009, “Institutions, Politics and Human Development” (disclosure: I am a member of the executive committee), in its theme chapter (another disclosure: my daughter Toby Monsod coauthored the chapter with Emmanuel de Dios) had an excellent analysis and discussion on the national government budget: how it is used as an instrument for development; how it can be a tool for efficient management and accountability; and how it also is used as an instrument for partisan politics. All within the Philippine context.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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